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Small town losing its only hospital, creating concern for residents There’s not a whole lot to this quaint lakeside town in St. Clair County.  But, the 900-some souls living here are proud of what they do have. “I like it very much because it is a very rural community…people here are just really good genuine solid people,” stated Dr. Wayne Morton, a local physician. One of the biggest points of pride for this community is its hospital.  ...

Harmonicas for your health; a different kind of breathing therapy It's a new type of therapy that will get your toes tapping. Harmonica Therapy is now offered at the Wheeler Heart and Vascular Center to anyone with C-O-P-D, chronic lung conditions or patients with heart problems. Experts say playing the harmonica helps break up phlegm in the lungs, and strengthen the breathing routine. More than 20 people participated in the first class. Archie Jones, who has ...

Ribbon cutting for new affordable housing Linda Bratcher and her dog Cinder couldn't be more grateful. Linda was once homeless. She lived at the Missouri Hotel for 2 years, until last week, when she finally got her own apartment again. Linda's apartment and other homes at Beacon Village are the result of a collaborative project between government, charities, and private businesses all working together to help the poor and homeless in Springfield. The new ...

Return of the dinosaur. Stolen statue returned to mini golf course Dino the dinosaur is once again guarding hole six at Fun Acre mini golf. The iconic dinosaur was stolen in the middle of the night.  The owner noticed it missing this morning, along with a giant hole cut in the fence. But a break as big as the dinosaur came Wednesday evening when a man in a pickup pulling a trailer carrying Dino was pulled over by ...

Arkansas continues defending 12-week abortion ban Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is continuing to defend the state's 12-week abortion ban to a federal appeals court, arguing the state has a legitimate interest in barring the procedure at that point in a woman's pregnancy.   McDaniel on Wednesday filed a reply brief with the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which is weighing whether to uphold a federal judge's decision that the 12-week ban ...

Arkansas granted $1 million for winter cleanup The U.S. Department of Labor is giving Arkansas $1 million to help continue cleanup operations following a December winter storm.   Federal officials declared 14 counties eligible for a public assistance program after the Dec. 5-6 storm. The National Emergency Grant announced Wednesday will go to the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services and will let the state agency keep on temporary workers who are helping the area ...

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Iraq: Attack on prisoner convoy kills 60 people
BAGHDAD (AP) — Gunmen attacked a prisoner convoy north of Baghdad on Thursday, setting off a gunbattle with troops in which 52 prisoners and eight soldiers were killed, officials said.

Roche's breast cancer drugs keep it on track to meet targets
The logo of Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche is seen outside their headquarters in BaselBy Caroline Copley BASEL (Reuters) - Swiss drugmaker Roche confirmed its full-year sales and profit targets on Thursday as growing momentum for its new breast cancer medicines and professional diagnostics products countered the effects of a strong Swiss franc. Unlike other pharmaceutical companies that have been ravaged by patent losses, Roche has yet to face a challenge to its older biotech drugs by makers of copycat treatments and has launched a string of new, expensive cancer medicines. The Basel-based firm hopes these so-called follow-on drugs will help it defend sales in its breast and blood cancer businesses once generic competition arrives. Its strategy looked sound after first-half sales of Perjeta, which targets the same protein found on some cancer cells as Roche's older blockbuster Herceptin, surged 276 percent to 388 million Swiss francs ($429.68 million).

U.N. chief names Danish diplomat new envoy to South Sudan
Denmark's Ambassador to the United Nations Ellen Margrethe Loj leaves a meeting at the French Mission in New YorkUNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday named Danish diplomat Ellen Margrethe Loj as his new special envoy to South Sudan and head of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in the world's newest nation. Loj replaces Hilde Johnson of Norway, who stood down this month after three years in the job and amid renewed violence sparked by a power struggle between President Salva Kiir and his sacked deputy Riek Machar. The conflict has reopened deep ethnic tensions in the South Sudan, which only won independence from Sudan in 2011, pitting Kiir's Dinka against Machar's Nuer. ...

Man United crush Galaxy 7-0 in van Gaal debut
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney scores from the penalty spot as LA Galaxy goalkeeper Brian Perak attempts a save during their in Pasadena, California on July 23, 2014Louis van Gaal's reign as manager of Manchester United got off to a rousing start on Wednesday with a 7-0 friendly victory over Major League Soccer's Los Angeles Galaxy. In the first match of van Gaal's tenure, Wayne Rooney scored twice in the first half, converting a penalty in the 42nd minute after Galaxy midfielder A.J. Delagarza handled a cross from Antonio Valencia. Three minutes later, Los Angeles defender Tommy Meyer failed to intercept Danny Welbeck's cross, giving Rooney another chance to beat Jaime Penedo.

Australia ready to send police to help guard Ukraine crash site
By Matt Siegel SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia is ready to send police to Ukraine as part of an international team to secure the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 crash site, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Wednesday, and has dispatched 50 officers to London on standby. Abbott said that he had spoken with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin about ensuring safe access for the officers, who would be tasked with securing the crash site for investigators.